CHAKA is currently undergoing a repaint, aiming for it to be back in use for the October 3 and 4 End of Season Steam-Up. During its layoff work has been done on the stays to cure some minor leaks and the ashpan has been renovated.
1091 has been the regular steam loco in use, including 5 September for a visit by the Bachmann Model Railway Collectors Club.
JUSTINE left Toddington on 4 September on loan to Apedale for the month. It is being used there on the weekend of 12/13 September, possibly other dates as well.
Justine loaded and ready. Photo S.A.Mourton
Simplex diesel BRYNEGLWYS was out of service during most of August for maintenance, with a number of oil leaks being attended to. It has now returned to service. The Hunslet Diesel covered passenger workings on diesel days while the Simplex was out of action.
Polish built 0-6-0T TOURSKA arrived at Toddington on 14 September and was test steamed two days later. This showed that a small amount of work was needed before having her boiler insurance exam at the end of the month.
Tourska steam test 14th September. Photo W.Richards
We aim to have three steam locos available for the 3/4 October End of Season Steam-up. Unlimited rides with a day ticket costing £5 for adults, £2 for children 5 -15, under-fives free.
The last weekend of operation will be 10 and 11 October, during the GWR's Diesel Gala. We hope to run both the Simplex and Hunslet diesels on passenger trains. Please note the GWR make an entrance charge on the Diesel Gala weekend.
Updates for these weekends will be placed on our Facebook page.